- PhD, 2018, University of Chicago
Dr. Tremblay holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, from the University of Chicago. From 2013 to 2017 they were a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow, and from 2016 to 2018 a Residential Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
Dr. Tremblay’s areas of research include 20th– and 21st-century North American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, and television; autobiography; the avant-gardes; minoritarian aesthetics; feminist, queer, and trans politics, theory, and aesthetics; embodiment; ecology and the environment; and French continental philosophy.
They are working on a book project, titled “Breathing Aesthetics: Embodiment Beyond Its Limit,” which argues that an aesthetics of breathing configures individual and collective experience from openness or vulnerability at a historical moment when the air cannot be taken for granted. The unprecedented monetization, weaponization, and pollution of the air since the 1970s have made breathing a figure and a manifestation of a crisis in the reproduction of life. “Breathing Aesthetics” spans North American literary, screen, and performance cultures, moving across scenes where breathing prompts subjects into encounters—with their nonconscious habits; with other people in situations of erotic intimacy; with structural racism, sexism, or ableism; or with a deteriorating planet. Drawing on insight from disability studies, ecocriticism, and psychoanalysis, the book resituates theories of embodiment in the interplay between individuals and milieus, in addition to conceptualizing subjectivity in the margin of political theory’s traditional foci on speech and action.
Edited journal issue
- “Breath: Image and Sound,” special issue editor, New Review of Film and Television Studies 16, no. 2 (2018)
- “Breath: Image and Sound, an Introduction,” New Review of Film and Television Studies 16, no. 2 (2018): 93–97.
- “An Aesthetics and Ethics of Emergence, or Thinking with Luce Irigaray’s Interval of
- Difference,” Criticism 59, no. 2 (2017): 279–299
- “Room for Critique: The Spaces of Institutional Disillusionment of 1970s U.S. Feminist Fiction,” Post45 Peer-Reviewed (2016)
- “Waltz with Manning,” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 25, no. 1 (2015): 103–106
- “No More Nature: On Ecopoetics in the Anthropocene,” Los Angeles Review of Books (2018)
- “Renee Gladman, Houses of Ravicka and Prose Architectures,” Chicago Review (2018)
- “Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Geontologies: A Requiem for Late Liberalism,” Critical Inquiry (2018)
- “Stories of New Narrative,” Los Angeles Review of Books (2017)
- “Indeterminacy and the Work of Critics,” V21 Collective (2017)
- “Being Black and Breathing: On Blackpentecostal Breath,” Los Angeles Review of Books (2016)
- “Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women,” Make Magazine (2016)
- “How Sia Kept Breathing and Became a Formalist,” PopMatters (2016)
- “Mortality Will Be Sexy,” Review 31 (2016)
- “Elizabeth A. Wilson, Gut Feminism,” Make Magazine (2016)
- “I’m Just Normal,” Arcade (2015)
- “After the Fall,” The Oxonian Review (2014)
- “Toxic Literature,” Public Books (2014)
Recently taught courses
- ENGL 116G: Perspectives on Film
- ENGL 252: Survey of American Literature II
- ENGL 469/569: Ecological Literature and Film